The Grove City Noon Lions Club's annual Tailgate Party is a casual event.

No tuxedo or gown is required, but the club's president does have some friendly advice about the dress code for the event that is tied to the Ohio State University vs. University of Michigan game.

"You might want to wear scarlet and gray," Amy Hawkins said. "Maize and blue -- not so much."

The event, which serves as a major fundraiser for the Noon Lions, will be held from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at Pinnacle Golf Club, 1500 Pinnacle Club Drive in Grove City.

"We'll have a lot of the traditional tailgate party food, like bratwurst, beans and chips," Hawkins said. "It's just a relaxed, fun, family-friendly event and a chance to get all revved up for the big game."

The Lions traditionally hold the event the week before the Ohio State-Michigan game, she said.

It's being held a week earlier than usual this year due to the availability of the Pinnacle Golf Club facility, Hawkins said.

Along with a live band, the tailgate party will include an appearance by the Ohio State Alumni Band, drum majors and cheerleaders.

A raffle will offer a first prize of two tickets for the 11th annual Buckeye Cruise for Cancer set Feb. 23-28 and a second prize of two season tickets for Ohio State men's basketball. Restaurant gift cards set at $50 will be given to eight other ticket holders.

A silent auction will offer a chance to bid for two tickets to the Nov. 24 Ohio State-Michigan game.

Dinner tickets are $35 each or $350 for a table.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at SouthWest Eyecare Inc., 4140 Hoover Road; call 614-801-2020.

The club will use proceeds from the tailgate party to help support a number of local causes, Hawkins said.

"We put a particular focus on organizations and projects relating to eye care, optical health and blindness," she said. "That's an overall mission for the Lions Club International."

The local club supports Pilot Dogs Inc. and the Good Program, a project created by former teacher Ron Derry after he became blind, Hawkins said.

Derry travels to schools around Ohio, speaking to youngsters about the importance of being good students and productive citizens.

The club also supports the Star Program at Grove City High School and provides scholarship money for students at Central Crossing High School, Hawkins said.

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